Ascension's Labyrinth

Spiritual Life

Adult Faith Formation

The Adult Formation Committee plans a variety of formational and educational opportunities for adults at Ascension, such as Backyard Theology, the book or movie of the month series, and various lectures throughout the year.

Taizé Prayer

In the Spirit of Taizé is an ecumenical form of prayer modeled after the Taizé community (an ecumenical Christian monastic community of brothers) founded in the 1940's by Br. Roger in Taizé, France. The purpose of the prayer is to foster reconciliation and peace among all people. Christians of all traditions share in this ecumenical prayer. The simple monthly service consists of song (using the simple chants of the Taize community), scripture, a service of light, an extended period of silence for meditation concluding with prayers for the world. 

The Taizé Prayer Service is held every year on January 1, the World Day of Prayer for Peace, at 7:30 PM. Each month, February through December, Taizé Prayer is held on the First Friday at 7:30 PM. See our Taizé Page for more information.


Ascension's Labyrinth is located on the east side of the Parish Green Space. It has the same shape as the labyrinth in Chartres Cathedral in Reims, France. Following the path to the center and out again is similar to making a pilgrimage. Many find that walking the path of the labyrinth while praying can be spiritually rewarding.

Christian Contemplative Meditation Group (Contemplative Prayer)

Each Saturday morning, a group of ordinary men and women come together for a time of contemplative prayer. Together we share the practice of Christian meditation. We meet from 8:30 AM-9:15 AM.
The gathering includes a period of twenty minutes for meditative prayer followed by a brief time for conversation and sharing about personal experiences with contemplative prayer practice. 
Christian contemplation is attuning to God’s presence by simply being fully conscious in the present moment. Various tools include centering prayer, the Jesus prayer, the breath prayer, lectio divina, and labyrinth walking.
A weekly email reminder is sent to everyone on our list. All are invited to drop in occasionally or make this an ongoing practice. Give yourself the gift of time in God’s presence.
For more information or to be added to the email list, please contact David Anderson.

See photos from our Christian Contemplative Meditation Group HERE.

Men's Spirituality Group

The Men's Spiritual Formation Group meets monthly on the third Saturday morning for Scripture reading, discussion, prayer, and fellowship in a relaxed and spiritually renewing environment. Men of all ages are welcome to come to the Pine Room. We begin about 7:30 AM and conclude by 9:00 AM.

Women's Spirituality Group

The Women's Spirituality Group gathers women in all stages of life, to strengthen our connection to our God by connecting with each other through reading, prayer, and reflection. We meet on the second Thursday of the month, October - May. Each year we use a new book as a foundation for discussion of our personal thoughts and experiences. All women of the parish are invited to join us.

Extending the Word

A small faith community gathers every Sunday at 10:15 AM in the Parish Center dining room for about an hour for shared prayer, discussion of the day's scripture and refreshments. Everyone is welcome to join this faith group.

Living the Word

Living the Word is a weekly scripture/reflection resource. This book can be purchased from the parish office for $10. Living the Word contains all of the Sunday and Holy Day readings for the year and is available in a new edition each November beginning with the season of Advent.

Parishioners and members of Ascension's staff share reflections based on the readings in Living the Word in a weekly electronic newsletter. Sign up for our weekly reflection!

Bible Study (Little Rock Series)

This group of 15-20 people, discuss Scripture with Catholic commentary to discover how God and the Bible relate to our every day lives. Each meeting includes prayer with and for each other. Audiotapes supplement the discussion. Two-hour morning sessions begin in the fall and again in the spring for a predetermined number of weeks. Little Rock Scripture Study is open to all adults. The group meets on Thursday mornings at 9:00 AM in the Parish Center.

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-Please click on the following link to read this FIRST ENCYCLICAL by Pope John XXIII released at the Vatican on June 29, 1959-